A celebrity baker has created a life-sized cake of RuPaul made out of 80 boxes of Rice Krispies and over 25,000 marshmallows.
Debbie Wingham, a confectioner to the rich and powerful, spent seven days meticulously rendering the Drag Race star in cake and cake accoutrements.
The finished product stood at 6ft,1 inch tall, just shy of the acerbic drag queen’s true height of 6ft, 4 inches.
Debbie, who has previously created confectionary likenesses of Kim Kardashian and Karl Lagerfeld, used a whopping 14 kilos of sugar paste, 150 leaves of edible gold and 300 leaves of edible platinum to produce the tooth-defying sculpture.
RuPaul’s eyelashes were crafted out of pulled sugar while his nail extensions were made of poured sugar with edible metallic paint.
Astonishingly the client who commissioned the cake for a ‘Don’t F*** It Up’ themed Zoom party didn’t even get to have a taste.
The shindig borrowed its theme from the RuPaul’s motto on the TV show Drag Race, and raised money for charities impacted by the pandemic.
Because the event was held virtually none of the 50 guests were able to partake in the glittering confection.
Instead the “cakealike” dialed in to the party via video link from Debbie’s home in Doncaster.
“It was a crazy commission to create a life-sized style icon and not deliver it to a client on completion,” Debbie said.
“I have always been a RuPaul fan so I was delighted to create him.
“The only input the clients gave was that I needed to incorporate a fluorescent color so I decided to go for a bold hair color, instead of bringing that fluorescence to the outfit as that seemed too obvious.”
The sculpture’s multicolored gown was constructed using sugar paste embossed withthe texture of canvas.
Debbie chose to use Rice Krispies bonded with marshmallow and butter, as it seemed less wasteful than baking cakes that could not be eaten by the guests.
“It seemed silly to bake cakes that no one would eat, not to mention wasteful.
“And you can’t cut into RuPaul – it’s an unimaginable thought.”
The famous baker said that she was delighted to create the sculpture because the pandemic caused most of her commissions to be cancelled, due to social distancing guidelines and lockdown rules.
“Since all my cakes are grand and created for huge events, every commission I had for 2020 and 2021 had been cancelled, so I was thrilled to get my sugar paste out again.”